I was honored to be invited to the Field to Fork event presented by Water Grows and the Texas Corn Producers on June 12th, 2018. These two organizations along with the USDA-NRCS came together to spread awareness around Texas Farmers and their current conservation practices.
The event was held at the Schronk family farm, located off of I-35 between Austin and Dallas in a small town called Hillsboro, TX. The Schronk family is one of the larger corn producers in the state, with over 6,000 acres of farmland -- much of which is leased to them and share cropped with other landowners. The primary crops grown on their farm are corn, wheat and cotton. Mr Schronk lives on the farm with his wife and two children, and he comes from a family of Texas farmers.
During the event, guests were served a four course farm-to-table dinner with fresh produce from the farm. The farmers & representatives from the Texas Corn Producers and Water Grows shared information throughout the meal on the farming process, conservation and other more controversial topics such as the subject GMOs and stereotypes around corporate farming. Perhaps the most interesting comparison made at the dinner, was seen when Mr. Schronk showed two ears of corn -- one GMO and one non-GMO. The GMO corn was a higher quality, larger crop, while the non GMO corn was often times rotted and unusable. As explained, the crop with GMOs actual require less water and pesticides to grow. Interesting, considering one of the biggest problems modern farmers face is conservation of valuable resources, and sustainability.
Learning from the source is always important, especially when it comes to subject matters that can affect your health. To learn more about farming practices and sourcing local crops, you can visit the USDA, Texas Corn Producers and Water Grows sites.